Two Mistakes We Make Reading the Bible

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I love reading the Bible. I love studying the Bible. I love teaching the Bible.

I will admit I am not the best at teaching it. There are others that surpass me, surpass me significantly. Yet, after a sense of God’s call in my life in 2001 to teach the Bible, going to seminary, and now teaching the Bible for fifteen years both as a pastor and in higher education, I know it is one of my deep loves.

In these fifteen years of studying and teaching the Bible, I have encountered some interesting perspectives on studying the Bible – “prodigal thoughts,” if you will. I have embraced some of these myself, but over time I have learned there are better ways in approaching the study of Scripture.

In all, I would highlight two easy mistakes we make in studying the Bible. Continue reading

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Can Women Be Church Leaders? The Household Codes of the Bible

Can women be church leaders?

It’s a big question that causes a lot of debate. Not as much today as, say, a couple of decades ago. Thankfully. Nonetheless, this remains a fairly divisive issue in the church today.

I’ve spent plenty of time looking at the question of women leadership here at the blog. But, in this article, I want to address a couple of Scriptures known as the “household codes” in the New Testament. These are particularly found in Eph 5:22-6:9 and Col 3:18-4:1.

Obviously these passages don’t specifically speak about church leadership. However, many, if not most, see a connection between leadership in the home and leadership in the church, all going back to God’s “original creation design.” So, while these are distinct, they are related and these household codes are worth addressing in the larger context of the discussion concerning women’s roles. Continue reading

Logos and Rhema Word: I Don’t Believe the Dichotomy Is There

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I am a charismatic, or a continuationist, as that is the more proper theological term of today. I’ve spent plenty of time writing about the Spirit’s role and gifts here at the blog.

I want to also be willing to critique some of the stuff that exists out there in the name of continuationist-charismatic theology. And there is a good bit out there that needs to be sharpened, to be redirected. And there is also stuff out there that is just outright heinous. Continue reading

The Sacred Enneagram

There is a huge craze today around a particular personality typing system. It’s known as the Enneagram.

Many are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type IndicatorStrengthsFinder, DiSC profile and others. Needless to say, there are quite a few personal and professional typing systems out there to help people learn about themselves, as well as how to relate to others.

If you don’t know the Enneagram, I would at least encourage you to check out the Enneagram Institute’s website or listen to this Liturgist’s podcast episode as a thorough introduction.

I have been personally studying about the Enneagram for the past seven or eight months, through some introductory teaching at our college, the Enneagram website, the Liturgist podcast, the Road Back to You podcast, and now through Christopher Heuertz’s book, The Sacred Enneagram. Continue reading